The SURF! Busway and Bus Rapid Transit project is part of Monterey-Salinas Transit’s (MST) larger vision for:
- Connecting communities.
- Creating opportunity.
- Being kind to our planet.
Once in service, SURF! will increase connections throughout the Monterey Peninsula and beyond! Here’s what’s included:
- A six-mile busway parallel to Highway 1, from Marina to Sand City and Seaside
- Extensions to the Beach Range Road trail in Marina and Sand City
- A new mobility hub in Marina with a safe drop-off area, public parking, and bicycle and mobility amenities
- New transit stops serving Marina, Sand City, and Seaside
- Traffic signal improvements for better traffic flow
From idea to implementation, every stage of the SURF! project has been carefully guided by MST’s fundamental vision:
|Connecting communities.||Creating opportunity.||Being kind to our planet.|
WHAT WE’VE HEARD SO FAR
To build a transit network that works for everyone, MST and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) have conducted significant outreach to learn what the community wants for transit service along the SURF! corridor.
As of September 2022, MST and TAMC have participated in over 90 meetings with stakeholders and community members, including an open house in Marina with more than 65 attendees. Over the last three years, MST and TAMC have reached over 2,200 members of the community.
Here are the major themes we’ve heard so far:
Many community members cited a lack of first- and last-mile access—including park-and-ride facilities, bike racks, and drop-off bays at transit stations—as a top priority. Hearing this, we included a new mobility hub at 5th Street that includes enhanced multimodal facilities to suit every traveler’s needs!
Bus Stop Facilities
Many riders expressed a desire for improved features at bus stops, including real-time transit information displays and better protection from weather, so we were pleased to showcase new bus station designs featuring improved amenities and sheltering!
Support for Rail
We heard from community members about support for future rail. While SURF! project focuses on bus rapid transit (BRT) as the most effective way to build ridership and reduce congestion now, the project design protects the railroad corridor that are parallel to Highway 1 for possible future use.
It’s no surprise that many residents voiced concerns about impacts to the habitats and wildlife around the project area. A shared respect for protecting our environment is why Monterey is among the most beautiful places in the world.
That’s why MST is partnering with California State Parks and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District to aid protection and restoration efforts around Fort Ord Dunes State Park and Marina Dunes Preservation. Trees and vegetation removed during construction will be carefully replaced and, where possible, planted at a higher ratio, preserving the region’s beautiful vistas for everyone to enjoy!
We’ll be rolling out new ways to engage and influence the SURF! project as it advances and new design concepts become available. If you’re as excited about the SURF! project as we are, sign up for updates and/or reach out to let us know what you think.
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Questions, comments, and public input on the SURF! project or its key design areas can be submitted via phone (1-888-678-2871), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by mailing a letter to:
PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS
SURF! is supported by many community partners including:
- Cities of Marina, Seaside, and Sand City
- California State Parks
- California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Blue Zones Project
- LandWatch Monterey County
- Monterey Firefighters Association
What is the SURF! Busway and Bus Rapid Transit project?
What are some of the benefits of the SURF! project?
How does the project consider bicyclists and pedestrians?
Why is the busway located in the rail corridor instead of surface streets or on the shoulder of Highway 1?
Will other vehicles use the busway?
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Ridership
What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
What about the plans for light rail service? Why isn’t the project using the existing rail tracks parallel to Highway 1?
Will there be enough ridership to support the SURF! project?
Will more buses on the road lead to greater traffic congestion?
What have MST and TAMC done to hear from the community about this project?
What environmental review process is required for this project? Why did MST not submit an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?
Will views of Monterey Bay be affected?
Will the project affect Fort Ord Dunes State Park?
Will the project disturb native plants or create impacts for endangered or threatened species?
Will the project generate noise?
When will the project be completed?
How much will the project cost and how will MST pay for it?
Which organizations is MST partnering with to advance the SURF! project?
In The News
- KSBW Action News 8: Monterey-Salinas transit seeks community input on new ‘SURF!’ bus transit project
- Monterey Herald: Community invited to open house as busway enters design phase
- Monterey County NOW: Instead of being stuck in traffic on Highway 1, Monterey-Salinas Transit wants you to SURF!
- MST SURF Arborist Report Nov 2023
- MST March 13, 2023 Agenda Item 7-3 SURF! Busway and Bus Rapid Transit Project – SB922 CEQA Exemption
- 03 Project Description (January 2023)
- 2022 Video Simulation
- August 2022 Open House Posterboards
- Preliminary Design at 35%
- Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting Video
- Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting Slide Deck
- Monterey Bay Area Feasibility Study of Bus on Shoulder Operations on State Route 1 or Monterey Branch Line (2018)
- Notice of Public Community Planning Meetings and Intent to Adopt CEQA Exemptions
- Aviso de Reuniones Públicas de Planificación Comunitaria y Intención de Adoptar Exenciones de CEQA
- Final CEQA Environmental Documents (June 2021)
- Draft CEQA Environmental Documents (March 2021)
- Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the MST SURF! Busway and Bus Rapid Transit Project and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting